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Hilarie Bass Named ABA President-Elect

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ABA President-Elect Hilarie Bass, J.D. ’81, center, is pictured with other School of Law alumni and ABA leaders, Edith Osman, J.D. ’83, left, a Florida state delgate, and Deborah Enix-Ross, J.D. ’81, right, who chairs the House of Delegates.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. (August 9, 2016)—University of Miami alumna Hilarie Bass, co-president of international law firm Greenberg Traurig and vice chair of the UM Board of Trustees, assumed the role of president-elect of the nearly 400,000-member American Bar Association at the conclusion  of the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco last week. She will serve a one-year term as president-elect before becoming ABA president in August 2017.

Based at Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office, Bass serves as co-president and a member of the executive committee for the multipractice firm that has approximately 1,900 attorneys across 38 offices worldwide. She previously served an eight-year term as national chair of the firm’s 600-member litigation department.

Bass, who earned her law degree at UM in 1981, has been involved with the ABA for more than 30 years, beginning as a young lawyer and working her way up to become chair of the 70,000-member Section of Litigation in 2010-11. As chair, she spearheaded the creation of a Task Force on Implicit Bias in the Justice System. She has held several other notable positions at the ABA, including serving as chair of the Committee on Rules and Calendar (2012-14), member of the Board of Governors (1990-93), House of Delegates (1988-95, 2000-present), and the Florida representative to the Nominating Committee (2010-present).

“I am honored to take on the position of ABA president-elect and look forward to serving my fellow attorneys, while working to eradicate bias, enhance diversity and advance the rule of law,” Bass said. “Giving back to the profession that has given so much to me is something I feel strongly about, which is why I have dedicated myself to supporting the ABA mission for more than 30 years.”

In her practice, Bass has successfully represented high-profile corporate clients in jury and nonjury trials involving hundreds of millions of dollars in controversy. In recognition of that success, Bass was inducted in 2011 to the American College of Trial Lawyers. She has worked and settled more than 100 cases, tried more than 20 cases to conclusion and argued numerous appeals. Among her significant cases, Bass led the effort to eliminate Florida’s 20-year-old ban on gay adoption, which was found unconstitutional in 2010 and led to the state removing questions of sexual orientation from the adoption application.

Outside of her firm, Bass has led many top legal and community organizations and received numerous awards and accolades. Among them, she is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America,” “Who’s Who Legal: Florida,” and “Chambers USA.” In recognition of her work, Bass has been honored with the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Outstanding Practitioner Award (2016), silver medallion from the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews (2011), and C. Clyde Atkins Civil Liberties Award from the ACLU in Florida (2009), among several other awards throughout her career.

A member of the UM Board of Trustees since 2003, Bass is also a passionate and longtime supporter of UM. In addition to gifts to the School of Law, where the brick courtyard long considered the heart of the school is named the Bass Bricks in her honor, she has made generous contributions to support the School of Education and Human Development, the College of Arts and Sciences, and UM Athletics.

Two fellow School of Law alumni also serve in leadership roles with the ABA. Deborah Enix-Ross, a 1981 graduate of Miami Law, chairs the  House of Delegates, and Edith Osman, who graduated in 1983, is a state delegate from Florida.

 

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New Director of LGBTQ Center ‘Shows Up’

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Van Bailey comes to UM from Harvard College.

By Meredith Camel, M.F.A. ’12
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 8, 2016)—Van Bailey is not shy about telling people he was once homeless. His gender identity and sexual orientation were at odds with his family’s conservative religious and cultural background, so at age 14, he transferred from his North Carolina high school to a performing arts school with a dormitory he could call home. He then lived year-round at Denison University in Ohio as an undergraduate English and black studies major.

Today Bailey feels right at home at the University of Miami, where he is the inaugural director of the LGBTQ Student Center, located on the second floor of the Whitten University Center on the Coral Gables campus. Set to open during the first week of classes this fall, the center will support the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students and allies. Previously Bailey served as the inaugural director of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard College.

Creation of the University of Miami’s LGBTQ Student Center, housed in the Division of Student Affairs, brings to fruition a key recommendation of the LGBTQ Task Force, which has been working with the LGBTQ Implementation Committee since 2013 to make significant changes throughout the University, including last year’s designation of gender-neutral restrooms and a forthcoming gender-inclusive housing option.

“I love working with diverse student populations and have missed being able to talk about intersectionality and how I show up as someone who comes from both Cuban and Jamaican heritage,” says Bailey, who also holds a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from California State University-Northridge.

Bailey’s early obstacles with his family—which have been healing over the years—did not dissuade him from being a very visible and confident student leader at Denison, taking on roles such as resident assistant, president of the Black Student Union, and a member of Student Government.

“As an undergrad I didn’t talk about my gender identity or sexuality much; I just showed up,” he says. “I didn’t come wrapped in a rainbow flag or anything; I’ve just always taken the approach of being very open and vulnerable when it comes to my story. That invites people into a space where they feel they can connect with you. They say, ‘If Van can show up as his whole self, maybe I can too.’”

While a doctoral student and residential community director, Bailey and a colleague launched a living-learning program for LGBTQ students to fill a gap in support for this community. That prepped him for his first LGBTQ-focused student affairs job—at the University of California-San Diego—and the realization of his professional calling.

“People ask why I do this work,” Bailey says, “and I say it’s because it’s life or death. Literally. There are students out there who are contemplating their worth every day. I’ve seen students pull themselves out of some really dark places.”

National studies confirm that lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are more than twice as likely to commit suicide, and transgender people are more than nine times as likely. Bailey dedicates his life—here on campus and nationally as an invited speaker and member of advocacy group executive boards—to helping people embrace every aspect of their identity.

As the higher education voice on the National Center for Transgender Equality board, he guides conversations about how policies such as Title IX, housing, and facilities affect transgender students. For the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals board, he chairs an initiative to support people of color in LGBT-specific fields (“there aren’t that many of us,” he says) and stresses “the importance of doing identity-based work within identity-based work.”

Bailey is also a diehard feminist who works with national organizations to reduce violence against women and girls—including the California-based Brown Boi Project, which he credits for giving him a new perspective on masculinity and patriarchy as a transgender man.

“One of the things I have to be very cognizant of as I’m transitioning physically is that the more I get seen as male, the more privilege I get,” Bailey says. “It comes up in the ways I’m allowed to take up space and the way my voice can be seen as more weighted than others in the room. That was not always the case.”

As the University of Miami continues to develop a “culture of belonging,” which is a top priority among President Julio Frenk’s Roadmap Initiatives, Bailey sees the LGBTQ Student Center playing a central role. He is eager to partner with other campus organizations to develop programming that fosters identity-based dialogue and breaks down barriers to inclusivity.

“LGBTQ people aren’t a monolith,” Bailey says. “We are diverse and international and have differing abilities. We as a University community are going to work hard for students to feel like they can see themselves in the center, regardless of whether they identify as a Muslim lesbian from Kansas or a Latino gay man from Miami. It’s very important for them to feel they have a safe space where they don’t have to check other identities at the door.”

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Dean Peragallo Montano to Step Down

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

PeragalloCORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 4, 2016) — Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano, who fostered monumental growth and significant improvement in the curriculum, facilities, and programs of the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies during her 13 years as dean, will step down at the end of the fall 2016 semester.

An internationally recognized nursing scientist, Peragallo Montano will become dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Nena’s leadership and the contributions of the school’s outstanding faculty led to many significant accomplishments,” said Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM’s executive vice president and provost, noting that Peragallo Montano “has elevated the School of Nursing and Health Studies into the ranks of the nation’s best.”

Recalling how she was welcomed into the University family in 2003, Peragallo Montano said, “I came here with a vision: to leverage the singular strengths of the School of Nursing and Health Studies to elevate its national and global standing, promote academic excellence, and prepare health care leaders for the 21st century. Through the remarkable dedication, talent and generosity of our students, faculty, community partners and friends, we have achieved this dream. I leave the U with great pride and a firm confidence in the spectacular future that lies ahead for the School of Nursing and Health Studies.”

During her tenure, Peragallo Montano helped usher in a new era for the nursing school, leading its transition from a small, cramped World War II-era building located on the edge of the Coral Gables campus to a modern 53,000-square-foot, four-story facility with smart classrooms and a clinical simulation and research area where students now practice real medical crises on high-tech patient mannequins that can register a heartbeat and other vital signs and even sweat.

Today, the M. Christine Schwartz Center for Nursing and Health Studies, a building for which Peragallo Montano helped raise the remaining funding needed to make it possible, houses the school’s faculty, staff, and students under one roof.

Long a proponent of simulation-based scenarios and the benefits such activities offer in preventing mistakes before nursing students work in live clinical situations, Peragallo Montano pushed for the creation of a Simulation Hospital at UM. Next year, the school will open such a facility, bringing her efforts to fruition.

Stepping into her role as dean at a time when an acute shortage of nurses at the state, national, and global levels began to affect the health care sector at alarming rates, Peragallo Montano instituted new programs to address the crisis. Under her leadership, for example, the school launched an Accelerated B.S.N. Program that allows students with bachelor’s degrees in other fields to earn a nursing degree in a year.

She spearheaded expansion of the school’s curriculum in other areas as well, introducing Doctor of Nursing Practice and Bachelor of Science in Health Science programs as well as Florida’s first B.S.N.-to-D.N.P. in nurse anesthesia track and South Florida’s first Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree.

During her deanship, the school’s student enrollment tripled, its M.S.N. and D.N.P. programs are now ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Graduate Schools, and it emerged as a leading recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants—it is No.1 in Florida and 22nd nationwide in NIH funding among nursing schools.

Peragallo Montano ramped up the school’s academic and clinical practice standards, which led to record passing rates on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. In 2012, 98 percent of UM’s nursing graduates passed the exam on their first try.

With a career devoted to improving the health status of minorities and other underserved populations, she expanded the school’s prominence in the global health arena, leading the 2007 birth of its Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research, or El Centro, made possible by a NIH grant of more than $7 million. In 2012, El Centro received renewed NIH funding through 2017, and the nursing school was re-designated a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Nursing Human Resources Development and Patient Safety.

Peragallo Montano is an inductee of the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of the Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She also is on HispanicBusiness magazine’s list of the nation’s 100 Most Influential Leaders.

LeBlanc will appoint a committee to conduct a national search for her successor.

 

 

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Arun Sharma Named Interim Vice Dean for Graduate Business Programs

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Arun Sharma

 The School of Business Administration has named Arun Sharma, a professor of marketing, as interim vice dean for graduate business programs and executive education. Sharma, whose appointment is effective August 1, fills the position vacated when Anuj Mehrotra stepped down from that post to serve as interim dean of the business school July 1.

As interim vice dean, Sharma will oversee the School’s MBA and other master’s degree programs, custom and open enrollment executive education programs, and graduate student career services.

“Arun’s talent and extensive experience, deep knowledge of business education and dedication to the success of the School of Business Administration, make him the ideal person to serve in this key leadership position,” said Mehrotra, who is serving as the School’s interim dean while the University conducts a global search for a permanent dean.

“I am delighted to lead our graduate business and executive education programs, which have seen significant growth and recognition in recent years,” said Sharma. “I look forward to working with the School’s leadership team, our professional staff and our friends in the community to build upon these successes.”

Sharma, who joined the School of Business in 1987, has previously served as vice dean of strategic initiatives and chair of the Department of Marketing. His research, which focuses on understanding markets, marketing strategy and productivity, and firm value creation and management, has been widely published in leading academic journals. Sharma has also consulted for such companies as Accenture, American Express, Audi, AT&T, Boston Scientific, Citrix, Ericson, Exxon, Goodyear, HP, IBM, MasterCard, MoneyGram, Motorola, Siemens, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Italia Mobil, Visa International, and Western Union.

Sharma’s awards include membership in the University of Miami Iron Arrow Honor Society.

 

 

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Berg Named Artistic Advisor of JAZZ ROOTS

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Shelton G. ‘Shelly’ Berg

MIAMI, Fla. (July 12, 2016)—The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County has appointed Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg as artistic advisor for its thrilling six-concert JAZZ ROOTS 2016-2017 season. A world-renowned musician, composer, and educator, Berg has been involved as a collaborator on JAZZ ROOTS since its inception. The Arsht Center invited Berg to expand his role to include assisting with creative direction for the series following the passing in 2015 of JAZZ ROOTS co-founder and co-creator Larry Rosen, with whom Berg also collaborated for many years.

The ninth season of JAZZ ROOTS will launch befittingly with an all-star tribute to Rosen, commissioned especially for the 10th anniversary of the Arsht Center. The extraordinary season will continue with five musically diverse concerts, each starring some of the most celebrated headliners in the music industry today.

“It is hard to imagine JAZZ ROOTS without Larry Rosen,” said John Richard, president and CEO of the Arsht Center. “Together we realized a vision that has become one of the most celebrated jazz series in the world. In passing the torch to Dean Berg, the 2016-2017 season promises to reach the high standards of musicality and diversity that have become the mainstay of the concert and educational series that has established the Arsht Center as one of the most recognized concert halls in the world for jazz. Shelly has long been part of our JAZZ ROOTS family, and we are excited to welcome him as our new artistic advisor.”

“Larry and I shared so many visions over our many years of friendship and working together, most notably our love of jazz, educating young people about jazz, and creating an awareness among the masses about the roots of America’s true art form,” Berg said. “While I am so saddened he is no longer with us both personally and professionally, I am honored the Arsht Center has entrusted me to take the helm of the extraordinary program he set forth. I look forward to paying tribute to Larry in our opening concert and presenting all the exciting shows we have scheduled this upcoming season.”

A four-time Grammy nominee who was named one of the “educators of the millennium” by the Los Angeles Times, Berg has recorded and performed with many diverse artists, including Gloria Estefan, Renee Fleming, KISS, Chicago, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Count Basie Orchestra. He composed a piece for the Dali Lama’s World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles, in addition to composing for top network television series and major studio films.

For the JAZZ ROOTS 2016-17 lineup visit the Adrienne Arsht Center.

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